The scheme began in 1976 with a caucus of club enthusiasts.
Club members interested in becoming instructors were asked to indicate the evenings when they would be available on a regular basis. Of course, the club met on Wednesday nights so that was never going to be the training night!
Sunday mornings avoiding the dark evenings was only an option for the winter as we all wanted to go on club runs in the summer. You can see from the above survey why Tuesday was chosen.
Members were also asked if they were able to attend other county training schemes to gain experience of instructing and the way the scheme would be run.
Dave Smith, Steve Brown and Ben Crossley regularly attended the AJS/Matchless Owners training scheme operated from the Ambulance Hall at Whitwick Pit. Now a supermarket stands on the site but The Victoria down the road is still a bikers pub! We used to take refreshments there while we discussed what we had learned during the evening.